Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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O Captain! My Captain!

Rating: 4.2

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
COMMENTS
VERA 03 February 2021
i didn't like. bad poem. not sincere
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 01 January 2021
Timeless and powerful write.
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 01 January 2021
A deeply poignant and moving poem
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Mamunur Rahman Kayes 08 November 2019
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done...my childhood verse.
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Jaden Appleby 04 November 2019
Such a good poem one of my favorites i just love this poem to death sooooo good also shout out ashton gibbs bc he is my homie go check out gibbs8gaming on youtube i promise you wont regret it
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Beryl Jacob 28 October 2019
oh captain my captain, so sad to hear he has fallen cold and death
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Valen 30 September 2019
Oh captain...
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G Brian Sullivan 15 July 2019
Nice web site.
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Adeeb Alfateh 16 June 2019
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still; My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will; great write; great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Elrie 14 May 2019
The story of a fallen leader; the captain of a ship that has been through battle. The symbolism is of the Civil War and the captain that has won the battle but doesn't get to bask in glory is Abraham Lincoln. Very sad.
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